Wanna Be a Drone Pilot?

Modern manufacturing wouldn’t be what it is today without servo motors. Thanks to servos, like the ones used in Indramat motion control systems, production is faster, safer, more efficient, and more consistent than ever before. Of course, not all servos are the same. There’s a big difference in the servos used for industrial manufacturing and the servos used in everyday items.

We tend to generalize servos into two groups: the servos that are for work, and the servos that are for play. Drones are blurring that line, however. It’s now possible to earn a living as a drone pilot.

Difference in drones

A drone is basically an unmanned aircraft that is controlled from a remote location. The range in cost and application for drones, however, is pretty remarkable. Drones span the price range from a $20 remote controlled toy to a Predator drone that costs between $2,500 – $3,500 per flight hour.

Needless to say, there’s a significant difference between the servos used in a RC toy and a military-grade unmanned autonomous vehicle. Still, even the expensive servos used in professional quality drones, quadrocopters, and UAVs are different from the servo motors used in industrial motion control systems.

The differences in theses servos shows just how versatile and useful servos are. Anything that requires movement can benefit from the use of servo motors.

Servos create jobs

You won’t find work doing barrel rolls with a toy drone in your living room, but there is a growing need for drone pilots. Sometimes called unmanned aircraft systems operators or remote pilots, there’s a demand for drone pilots in the military, cinematography, construction, and search and rescue, and the number of industries needing drone pilots could increase.

There’s an increasing number of drone pilot courses, both in physical and digital spaces. While the going rate for drone pilots varies, some earn between $50,000 – $70,000 a year.

If you’re interested in becoming a drone pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration has all the information you need to get started.

Drone pilots wouldn’t exist without servo motors. This is just another example of how technology can create jobs. When servos were introduced to manufacturing, it didn’t mean the end of employment. It improved workign conditions and created jobs that played to humans strengths like adaptability, problem-solving, and creativity.

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